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  • A closer look at Jeb Bush's tax returns, personal finances
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 6:20 pm
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Tuesday posted more than three decades of tax returns online, revealing he has earned nearly $28 million since leaving the Florida governor's mansion in 2007 and paid an effective federal income tax rate of 36 percent between 1981 and 2013.
  • White House intruders beware: New fence to have metal spikes
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 5:41 pm
    The Secret Service says it will install sharp metal spikes on the White House fence after intruders scaled it twice in less than a year.
  • Ayotte promotes bipartisanship in US Senate re-election bid
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 5:08 pm
    New Hampshire's Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (AY'-aht) is crafting herself as a bipartisan problem solver in her quest to hold her seat.
  • Christie promises blunt campaign as he enters 2016 contest
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 4:44 pm
    A tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday with a promise to tell voters the truth even if it makes them cringe.
  • AP source: US, Cuba to announce plan to open embassies
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 4:36 pm
    President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other's capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration official said.
  • Judge nixes bridge lane-closing suit against Christie allies
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 3:44 pm
    A federal judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed by people who were stuck in traffic when lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge were closed without warning in 2013, but an attorney for the plaintiffs vowed Tuesday to file an amended complaint.
  • Internal Veterans Affairs watchdog retires amid criticism
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 3:36 pm
    The acting inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs is retiring, a year after he issued a scathing report on problems at the Phoenix VA hospital.
  • Ex-Colombian paramilitary leader sentenced on drug charges
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 3:17 pm
    A former Colombian paramilitary leader convicted of federal cocaine trafficking charges will serve nearly seven more years in a U.S. prison before he is returned to his country.
  • Obama calls string of recent victories 'gratifying'
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 1:52 pm
    President Barack Obama cast a string of legal and legislative victories last week on trade, health care and gay marriage as the "gratifying" culmination of years of work by his White House.
  • Report: Border Patrol should add 350 internal investigators
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 1:16 pm
    Customs and Border Protection should more than double its ranks of internal affairs investigators, an advisory panel has recommended in a report sent to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
  • FDA weighs new restrictions on liquid nicotine products
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 1:00 pm
    Federal health officials are considering whether to require new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine formulas used with e-cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products.
  • Bon Jovi's politics: Cash for Clinton, music for Christie
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 12:33 pm
    Bon Jovi is playing a big role in the 2016 presidential campaign in New Jersey.
  • 2 years after spying flap, US, Brazil seek to turn the page
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 12:16 pm
    Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter Tuesday, declaring that the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil is on an upward swing.
  • CIA failing to recruit and promote minorities, study finds
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 11:48 am
    The CIA is failing to hire and promote enough minorities despite years of vowing to do so, Director John Brennan said Tuesday, announcing a new effort to tackle the problem of a largely white workforce whose lack of diversity he says is undercutting the spy agency's intelligence mission.
  • Who is in, and about to get in, the GOP race for president
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 11:37 am
    Hope, Arkansas. "Power, money and political influence have left a lot of Americans behind," he said.